Maternal Signs

Starting from the philosophical category of “the Matrixial”, which contains the ontological difference between worldliness and worldlessness, my project is focused of an hermeneutic approach of the paleolithic figures called Venus.

It is a matter of offering a philosophical framework for the interpretation of the numinous and mysterious of the feminine – genus determined by the generative and creative force. The mystery of the female deities is considered in this respect on the basis of the special position of the mother, which has far-reaching ontological consequences, i.a. the fact that her body is the interface between worldliness and worldlessness.

For this purpose the project offers a framework of a critical discourse analysis about the symbolic order attributed to the representation of the mother and an ontological paradigm to understand maternal signs as eidetic externalizations, whose expressions are signs of loss -understood as entropic waste- and which fulfil a pharmacological function.

The examination of the order of the representation of Venus requires an exploration of its shape. Such an investigation does not consist of a description of the shape and forms of an organically or inorganically structured matter, but rather of the fact that shape represents a special relation to the world (Adolf Portmann). In this sense, prehistoric figurines are regarded as a system of signs, not as objects or objects depicting a reality. This system is characterised by the fact that it consists of different emphasized parts and acquires a specific meaning, when these system of signs is integrated in a cultural, ecological or social milieu.

Based on the deconstruction philosophy of Derrida and the technical-philosophical approach, according to which artefacts are the externalization of a phylogenetic and biological evolutionary process (Leroi-Gourhan), the features in which a Venus can be recognized are perceived as the externalization of a Differérance (Derrida)

In the border area between technology and art, the externalized signs of prehistoric artefacts are examined (Bernard Stiegler). Beyond poststructuralist theories, these are more than the expression of an ontological difference. Beyond the approaches of media technology, they are more than the expression of an organological externalization. The femalely demarcated signs are understood here as such of a loss that fulfils the pharmacological function (Stiegler) of forming a transitional space (Winnicott).